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Report - Willington Cooling towers - Derby - April 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by albino-jay, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. albino-jay

    albino-jay 28DL Regular User
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    I know theres already a few on here but i just find cooling towers quite fascinating.

    Was thinking back to when i was a kid, and there used to be some at Agecroft and i remember hearing them being demolished when i was in our back garden. So after having a shufties about the web it turns out they were demolished in 1994!!! when i was 7! does not seem that long ago.

    vid of them being blown up.

    Agecroft's Last Day - YouTube

    anyways, seems my gf is as sad as me and finds cooling towers fascinating so we decided to go have a butchers at willington.

    history - copied straight from wiki. its already on this site anyway........

    In the 1950s, two coal-fired power stations were built on a site off Twyford Road, between Willington and Findern. The stations were privatised and sold to National Power in the early 1990s and eventually closed in the mid-1990s. Although most of the stations were demolished at the turn of the millennium, the five cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. The site[6] is earmarked for a large residential development, pending the results of a public inquiry. The construction plans have been met with local opposition, perhaps due to the site's proximity to the River Trent's flood plain.

    In the mid-1990s a pair of peregrine falcons nested in one of the site's huge cooling towers. Unlike many bird of prey breeding sites, this was widely publicised because of its impregnable location.

    was a nice stroll, until the heavens opened up. but they really are in a loveley area, with scenic canals, pubs, a marina was a top little day out, and although bugger all bar these to see from a ue point of view id recommend a look :thumb

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